Posts by Dr Venelina Koleva


The PhD journey: a personal perspective by ACCE PhD student – Alexander Askew Alex Askew Doing a PhD is often likened to a journey. There are many challenges on that journey and everyone embarking on a PhD may find the future rather intimidating. These are my personal reflections on the last four years as an ACCE PhD student. Hopefully, they may be of some interest or use to my peers and colleagues.First, some context. I...

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Iridescent colour in the butterfly Heliconius erato Author:  Mel Brien, ACCE PhD student at APS, Sheffield. Structural colours are some of the brightest, most reflective colours in nature. They have different functions including visual communication, mate choice and thermoregulation. In contrast to many other colours which are produced by chemical pigments, structural colours are produced from physical nanostructures which reflect...

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  blog by Adam Fisher, ACCE DTP student at the University of Liverpool ‘I would recommend doing a research internship to anyone who has the opportunity and wants to diversify their academic experience’ Background I started my PhD at the University of Liverpool in October 2015, studying the population-level effects of different mating behaviours in predatory invertebrates. So far, I have used a mixture of lab work and...

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Good news… for a change. Listen here ACCE student Rebecca Senior’s interview for BBC   written by Rebecca Senior After attending the ACCE media training course in 2016, I was keen to have a go at some media engagement. I think it’s important that scientists are able and willing to communicate their research to a lay audience, so as soon as my paper was accepted I drafted a press release and got in touch with the fantastic...

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Blog by Rich Howells At the coalface of nature conservation, public engagement and wildlife advocacy, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) have over 1300 employees, 18,000 volunteers and more than 1 million members, making it the largest wildlife conservation charity in Europe. A great place to undertake an ACCE DTP supported placement then! After contacting the team at the RSPB Scottish Headquarters in Edinburgh, it...

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